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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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7,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 7470
Reviews: 2739
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.44%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 7,470 | Reviews: 2,739 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of freakdiablo


4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful amber coloring, off-white head that sticks. How I expect an ale should look.

S - Milder. almost sweet smell with a little bite

T - Surprising when paired with the mild smell. Strong, bitter kick up front, hoppy aftertaste. Smooths out nicely towards the end of the bottle as it began to warm.

M - Slightly thicker, with a fair amount of carbonation

O - This beer has both surprised and spoiled me. Less hoppy than an IPA, which I like as I tend to find IPAs too hoppy, but still a strong flavor. I've only had a few bottles, but it's already one of my favorites. If I'm sampling several different beers, I try to stick AB towards the end, as many beers seem mild compared to ABs...arrogance, for lack of a better term. I'll admit, I may be new to the whole beer review thing, but even I can tell where Stone was going with this.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:31:03 | More by freakdiablo
Photo of GrizzleFist

New York

2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looked amazing, could tell it had some carbonation with the foam on top when the bottle wasn't even opened yet. Color was a nice amber.

Smell: Slight Malty smell and a little sweetness of fruit

Taste: Just a bitter taste to me. But it was bearable and wasn't too much that it became disgusting.

Mouthfeel: foamy and carbonated.

Overall: This wasn't a bad beer, but for the amount of bitterness that came with it you would expect a little more ABV to go with it. I would drink it again, just not that often.

I see now why they call it Arrogant Bastard and why most of us won't "enjoy" this beer. Its because its nothing special, its an okay beer, nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:54:23 | More by GrizzleFist
Photo of USAF77


4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im having my first AB and am impressed. I cleaned a pint glass from my collection per usual and a spot free glass is worth it for this brew. Its just a gorgeous carby amber that begs to be poured slow. A rich foam head that laces very nicely. Just pouring and swirling in the light is an experience. AB is a beautiful Ale to look at.

And it smells great. Fruity hops are dry and just sharp enough. The smell doesnt jump at you either. Its subtle and takes a minute or two to soak your personal space. I must find a joint where this is on tap just to smell the air in it.

Taste wise its everything I like in an Ale. A little bitter and dry but sharp in a way that leaves your mouth wet, wanting the next sip. This is "sipping" ale. Anything else is criminal. A wonderful dry hoppy after taste thats using all my taste buds that still feels smooth. The rich foam head sticks around too. Wonderful!

I usually like wheats and Pilsners with my food but this is an exception. Most of all if spicey food is on the menu. This is a wonderful Ale. Im sipping it and the taste is going up thru my nasal passages from my mouth. Im increasing my rating on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 03:17:10 | More by USAF77
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An amberish brown color in appearance. About a finger of tan creamy looking head.

S: A bit of hops and some nice toasty maltyness. A good amount of balance on the aroma.

T: Once again I found the beer was balanced very nicely. The malts provide a nice caramel flavor but also some darker fruits, like a bit of raisin or fig maybe. The hops are not so overly pungent as advertised but I am drinking the beer a bit past the "Enjoy by date". None the less west coast hops are evident and quite present just not overly so. Piney, citrusey, you get the idea.

M: Very creamy and smooth. The alcohol does not get in the way what so ever and really I wouldn't notice it if it weren't for the label on the bottle.

O: A classic of the craft origins and just a great drinking beer overall. I could easily make this an everyday beer if it was readily available.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 15:29:04 | More by Haydn-Juby
Photo of Dope


4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 11/x2/13. (can't read part of it)

A: Pours a dark, almost opaque red. Big frothy tan head. Head fades slowly with top notch retention (big island of foam). Thick, fluffy tendrils of lacing.

S: Big bread crust aroma with some grapefruit and pine and maybe even a hint of grass? Probably not as fresh as it could be (see above date) but still pleasant maltiness at least.

T: Decent hoppiness up front. Nice crisp grapefruit primarily. Hints of resinous pine follow but lead into a really nice strong bread crust malt. Just a hint of raisins. A little wave of bitterness on the far side, still with some bread crusts. Crust taste is remarkably strong, really conjures up some big, stale, dried up bread crusts...in the best way possible. Lingering grapefruit between sips.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Nice carbonation.

O: Really nice hoppy strong ale. It's not quite an IPA, not qutie an amber, something in between. Really nice hop flavor and malt flavor. Both are strong and balanced, but sharp at the same time. I'll have to get a little fresher version of this sometime, might be on the edge of starting to fade, hop-wise. Or maybe this is just really balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 05:17:53 | More by Dope
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance as poured into a 20 oz pint glass is stunning; a khaki head of foam that does not fall after nearly 5 minutes of sitting, a reddish brown color with absolute clarity that appears almost blood red when held to the light. Smell is very potent and powerful with equal part resiny, herbal hops and dark malts; dried fruit, prunes, leather, botanicals, pine and resin. The taste is bitter, dark and satisfying with a burnt sugar, caramel, toast, roasted cereal grains and black coffee, offset by earthy and resinous hop character, ending astringent and slightly drying. It sits heavily in the mouth, coating; medium carbonation that is completely fitting. This beer is good to the last drop, a combination of IPA, amber ale and Imperial stout in my opinion. It's a classic that has stood the test of time and one that I come back to over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 16:58:35 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of scotorum


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute

a: Gorgeous clear dark ruby with an inch and a half tall perfectly formed off white head which receded very slowly to heavy surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Mild dark fruit.

t: Plums and prunes balanced by a powerful hop bite which lingered. Later the malt became more prominent than the initial fruitiness, but the hop bite remained quite strong. Tasty.

m: Moderate, smooth and mellow.

o: The label suggests the drinker is likely to dislike this, and if so would be unworthy of it. It's a clever ploy to put him or her on the defensive in order to encourage them to have an open mind and give it a chance to be enjoyed. It's got way more flavor than the usual popular mainstream corn and rice adjuncted lagers and pilseners, so the suggestion is this will be too shockingly different to be liked right off or ever by the average beer drinker.

At the moment, I'm feeling pretty darned worthy.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 04:26:29 | More by scotorum
Photo of Taylor1989

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brownish copper color with a bit of sediment and A half finger of dense of white almost tanish head Very good retention.

S: Rich malt, toffee, pine and citrus

T: Malty at the beginning a little caramel, some dark fruit in there aswell. Moderate bitterness that coates the sides of the tounge that lingers for a couple of seconds.

M: Medium body, smooth, with medium but slight sharp carbonation.

O: Good beer. Not the best stone beer but a good runner up.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 18:37:16 | More by Taylor1989
Photo of CMUbrew


4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Dark varnish brown color. Bubbly and creamy looking khaki head forms on top and lingers for some time.

S: Smells quite strongly of citrus and pine. Quite a nice hop aroma.

T: Citrus and pine hops, sizeable bitterness, bready and slightly caramely malt. Some earthy and tea-like flavors towards the end.

M: Nice feel that delivers the right amount of carbonation for this beer.

O: The arrogance is deserved. A highly bitter, fairly complex brew that certainly would frighten those used to mass market beer. I'm looking forward to trying its bastard brethren.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:00:52 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of rievelx6


4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Similar to an amber color with a slightly colored caramel head.
S- I get some hops and a little malt at the same time with every whiff.
T- Slight hop taste that sticks around on the pallet after swallowing.
M- Pretty smooth with unexpected hints of hops very good.
O- Overall very enjoyable beer. Would recommend to any pale ale/IPA lover.
I havent had a beer from Stone brewery that I didnt like

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:04:28 | More by rievelx6
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 11/03/13. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep brownish copper color with crystal-clear clarity. A half finger of dense, sand colored head. Very good retention and some uneven dots of lacing. Looks superb.

S: Rich malt, toffee, cinnamon.

T: Malt, more malt, a little caramel, and moderate bitterness. A little subtle dark fruit. The malty sweetness doesn't quite offset the moderate but not overpowering or off-putting bitterness. Still, not enough flavor here to really hit the spot.

M: Medium body, smooth, with medium but slightly sharp carbonation.

O: Solid though unexceptional beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 23:14:02 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of ronniebruner


3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As usual, Stone have created a quality brew. While I would not agree that this is a world class brew, I would definitely agree that this is an outstanding brew. The brew's strongpoint being its nice balanced aroma of fine malts and an amazing pour. The brew is very strong, pungent and acidic in a good way and leaves a great aftertaste that sticks for a while. A very worthy brew and as always, many thanks to Stone, who are easily one of the better American breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 07:56:27 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of Glennlawless

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz Pint glass.

A - Clear amber color, pretty nice head too. Good lacing.

S - Slightly hoppy but malty at the same time. Smells like a real good balance between bitter and sweet.
T- Creamy, and fucking delicious. Starts out with floraly like hops, but then finishes with notes of chocolate, interesting right?! Not much of a bite but the hop presence still faintly lingers around. An AMAZING taste.
M - Thick, creamy ale. Somewhat heavy.

Overall, this is an awesome beer put out by stone, as usual. Ill definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 21:18:11 | More by Glennlawless
Photo of ckollias


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bottled brew out a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a frothy, off-white, solid head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and solid lace.

S: Hoppy caramel aroma.

T: Heavy sweet malt mixed with a bitter hop flavor. Very Barley-wine like.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent Brew – great malt and hop mix.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 15:48:09 | More by ckollias
Photo of Moe_Rhaun


4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've only recently been introduced to The Stone Brewing Company. That said, from the very first sip I knew I was not a typical brew. It wasn't even a typical craft brew. My initial response to a Stone Brewing Company product was "Wow, I think this might be the best beer I've ever tasted!". That was the Stone IPA. This is my first try of Arrogant Bastard Ale and after my taste buds stopped screaming "Uncle!", my response was "Ahh, Seven Hells, that's good!!". The first thing that caught my attention was smell. I knew then that Fate, that sultry mistress with the warm hand and sensible footwear had pushed us together and I was truly in for a treat. The rich head on this beer is the equivalent of a steak dinner at the Buckhorn Exchange. Once the beer hits your tongue it's like a cacophony of flavors. It takes your mind a few seconds to catch up with it. This beer is almost too good. I finished feeling like I had done something elicit, you know, like after you just get done watching a bunch of midget porn, it might be a little messed up but your completely sated.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:51:20 | More by Moe_Rhaun
Photo of Dreizhen


3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Beautiful. One of the prettiest beers I've ever seen. Deep, redish brown, one finger of head, slowly dissipating. Steady bubbles, slightly hazy, but still translucent.

S: Light, hoppy, small citrus. Not much going on here.

T: Completely different story, here. Hops and malt both blast you in the face, more bitter than the citrus hinted at by the nose. Good if you're a fan of bitterness.

M: Smooth, slight bite, decent carbonation.

O: A very solid beer. I enjoy it, but I wouldn't drink a lot of it. Like Campari or some other bitter amaro, an occasional glass to sip is a fantastic break from the normal. However, it wouldn't be my go to on a regular basis. Definitely worth trying, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 21:13:01 | More by Dreizhen
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker than I expected, almost cola brown with huge multi sized bubble off white head

Not a big nose, hints of candy floss and mashed potato slight notes of pewter

Big flavours though starting with toffee then some dark fruits before the hops warm up
and once they start going, blimey they don't stop slight citrus but extremely bitter becoming pine and almost menthol by the end

Flawless mouthfeel, solid stuff without being heavy going or stodgy and just perfect carbonation.

This is Great stuff, not for the faint hearted but great big taste beer action.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 22:10:22 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of Drewster23


4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice clear amber with a nice head. Head stays for a while then thins out as you drink. Lacing remains on glass.

S - Light on the smell. Malty and lightly hopped. Pleasant, but not overpowering.

T - Dry, and hoppy right off the bat. Malty and light mocha/dark chocolate to nutty at the finish. Bitterness of the hops goes and goes.

M - Good feel in mouth. More on the thicker side, but not chewy. Smooth and velvety. carbonation is balanced.

O - Will buy again. Good everyday drinker. Great on its own and I would imagine nice with something grilled. Picturing a glass of this with a burger seems right.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:49:04 | More by Drewster23
Photo of XXVII


4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: dark amber with a thick frothy head

Smell: woody with a malting as that is sweet and lingers

Taste: oak and a subtle smoke followed by sweetness and finally a malty bitterness tht lingers lastly

Mouthfeel: feels much lighter than it looks. Leaves a slight stickiness on my lips

Overall: very good ale. I will be adding this to my regular purchases. A good change of pace from the normal high hoppiness I've been smashing regularly.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:58:15 | More by XXVII
Photo of Tonmeister


3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Tulip Shaped Glass

Appearance: dark red, dark amber, with a thick off-white, reddish head and lots of lacing when tilting the glass.

Smell: apple, bread notes, yeasty, dark fruits like plum and grapes with a blend of alcohol

Taste: fairy sweet. Nice fruity notes with a nice malty blend. Can't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I'm very pleased with this American Strong Ale. It's not really as "aggressive as i thought it would be. It definitely has a perfect blend. Not really malty, but more on the dark fruit side. I would definitely buy this again and again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 03:31:03 | More by Tonmeister
Photo of powerss13


4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A: Darker hazy amber, almost rusty look; good head and lacing

S: Light on the hop aroma; definitely get more of the malts

T: Rich and complex; get a real good hop flavor throughout from upfront to the finish; Get a good amount of malt up front, then the hop takes over at finish; Hides the alcohol level very well

MF: Light on the body; starts off soft, then finishes dry making you want more

O: Outstanding brew. Great beer for anytime of the year/season. Also, their marketing is awesome...."It's not too expensive, you're too cheap."

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 15:48:26 | More by powerss13
Photo of DavidS88


4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I've had Arrogant Bastard. The first time, I'll admit, I was too much of an amateur beer drinker to really get into what this beer offers. But this time... well let's just say I'm so impressed that I'm writing this review before I've actually finished drinking my latest pint. I'll be honest, this isn't my favorite beer ever, but it certainly is one of the more complex beers I've had. Let me start by saying that this is a beautiful beer. Dark copper with plenty of hints of ruby make this a complex beer from the second you pour it and gaze into it's depths. Topped off by a lovely tannish-white head with lots of lacing down the glass, Arrogant Bastard looks fantastic. The smell regardless of what temperature you drink this bad boy at is also wonderful, probably the second best aspect of this beer. Sweet malts of carmel and toffee mix with citrus and piney hops to create an enticing smell. I mentioned temperature when discussing the smell because the last time I had Arrogant Bastard, I drank it too cold; it was so excited to drink one of the most highly-touted beers in the country that I split it with a friend and drank it far too quickly to let it reach the proper drinking temperature and subsequently could only taste tons of bitter hops. This time, I let it sit a bit longer, letting it come up to just below room temperature and man, did the complexity come out with a good measure of sweet malts quickly kicked in the ass by a ton of hops. Coming it at 7.2% ABV and being quite a complex beer, this is still pretty easy to drink once it warms up a bit and isn't so damn hoppy. This definitely can't be an everyday beer for me, but my God is this wonderful. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:28:57 | More by DavidS88
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a warm chestnut brown with two fingers of dense, frothy beige head.

Smell - Caramel and toffee notes, malts, piney hops, tropical fruit.

Taste - Piney hop bitterness along with caramel and toffee malts, tropical fruit, and a hint of roasted nuttiness. Nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A damn tasty American strong ale by Stone. Glad I found a bottle on my road trip. Excellent flavour palate - a nice surprise from the roasted nut characteristic.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 03:49:43 | More by leaddog
Photo of Vierenner


4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to believe I'm finally trying this beer ... it would seem such a quality product would have come across my radar already.

My only negative comment relates to the high level of hoppiness. I believe this beer would be even better (in my opinion) with the hops toned down a bit. It seems lots of interesting flavors and aromas are being masked.

Color, head, and mouthfeel are top-notch!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:18:29 | More by Vierenner
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A very dark transparent amber with heavy bubbles on the body. The head is off-white with a slightly orange tint rising to maybe 1/3".

Smell: A really nice aroma, strong hops becomes pretty addicting, not much more else to say.

Taste: A strong bitter floral taste...smooth hops, comes off complex but still one dimensional. Bitter-smoothness feels like multi-grain, and a pinch of sourness that is just right.

Mouth: Sharp and crisp toasty bread finish with a medium to heavy carbonation....not exactly perfect but just right.

Overall: As many times as i drank this I always thought I gave it a review, now five hundred plus reviews later I am giving this beer what's due. For roughly seven to eight bucks a bottle at your local spot definitely beyond well worth it. I like it's big brother(Double Bastard) a little better but every beer has it's occasion. A blessing to have...Salud!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 05:21:10 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,470 ratings.